Civil War soldiers monument

  

 Civil War soldiers monument by dppuchol

In 1847, faced with cholera epidemics and a shortage of burial grounds in Manhattan, the NY State Legislature passed the Rural Cemetery Act authorizing nonprofit corporations to operate commercial cemeteries. Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral trustees had purchased land in 1846, and this land was used to develop Calvary Cemetery. The first burial in Calvary Cemetery was in 1848 and by 1852 there were 50 burials a day, half of them the Irish poor under seven years of age.The original division of the cemetery, now known as First Calvary or Old Calvary, was filled by 1867. The cemetery was used in the film The Godfather for the funeral of Don Corleone. (wiki)

 

Civil War soldiers monument, a photo by dppuchol on Flickr.

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About Denise P. Puchol

Always carrying a pocket camera to photograph random spots throughout the five boroughs of New York City and to share a little of the history.
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